“I hold that while man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind.”

– Abraham Lincoln

HOMEWORK in advance of KilGogh: Vincent Van Gogh had an older brother who died before our artist was born. What was that sibling’s name? See the answer at the end of this column.

WE KNOW there are very few fishermen in Kilgore, but those few (thinking of you, Glenn Phillips and Joe Parker) will want to know that for the third time in three weeks, Lake Fork has given up a 13-pound bass.

YES, that was a doe – venison on the hoof – racing around downtown Kilgore Monday, looking as lost as me in downtown Houston, skittering around corners.

CONSIDER it entertainment, listening to someone explain the income tax rules in an hour…

DR. Roger Lirely, professor of accounting at UT Tyler, will explain changes to the tax laws for business at the quarterly BizConnect luncheon hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.

LUNCHEON will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Tuesday at Meadowbrook Golf and Event Center. Tickets are $20 for Chamber of Commerce members and $25 for non-members. Call the chamber (903-984-5022) to reserve a seat.

CERTAINLY we don’t want to appear unduly suspicious, but…

VOTERS in the Gregg County precinct 4 Democratic primary cast 2,072 votes, of which 32 percent – 672 – were mail-in ballots. That’s a huge percentage. (By comparison, in the county-wide Republican race for district attorney, there were 710 mail-in ballots – 7.47 percent of the total votes in that race.)

COMMISSIONER candidate Kasha Williams got approx 60 percent of the in-person vote, both the early vote and the election-day voting. Candidate Shannon Brown got 73 percent of the mail-in vote. Outside that precinct, it’s unusual for the mail-in to be so completely opposite the on-site vote – a similar reversal showed up in the three-way race for Justice of the Peace there.

ANSWER: Vincent.

YES, Vincent the painter was the second child in the family with that name. Even more strange, the mother of the Vincents, took Vincent the Second to the cemetery every Sunday to visit the grave of Vincent the First.


March 14 - Rusty Ayrton Chapman, Tayler Leigh Bittick, Bart Bradley, Dixon Morton, Patrick Russell, Flo Francis, Betty Champion, Pat (Main) WhitWorth, Charles Petty, Kimberley Henderson, Donald Freeman, Leola Guess, Lauren Jean Nichols, Rho Neuson, Benton Custer

March 15 - David Ross, April Walden, Bob Kinniard, Danny Ray Sanders, George Owens, Lori Swain, Robert Latham, Reginald Portley, Ronnie Patton, Kathy Smith, Geneva Ruth Sanford, Cecilia Graham, Clayton Randall Grooms, Bob Young, Parrish Kindsey, Jimmy E. Jones, Stephanie Jones, Ivory Faye Williams, Felicia Farrar, Tommie Jean Lea, Kathy E. Herring, Chad Cornelison, Natalie Brady, Gail Conner

March 16 - Mace Tennison, Jerry Wayne Lambert, Judy Ferguson, Lester Fields Jr., Kenta Bell, Carrie Tackett, Sidney Rides, Brila Dudley, Bill Wilson, Gage Alec Armstrong, EmiLee MacAnn McKinley, Hunter, Schochler, Jack Lloyd Bolding, Elizabeth Leak


March 14 - Mr. and Mrs. John Robberson, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Nicks, Peggy and Jerry Smith, Don and Leona Freeman, Michelle and Antonio Laredo

March 16 - Leo and Evelyn Warlick, Barry and Jennifer Gabriel